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The ResurrectionChrist is risen!


The Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom
(read each year at Pascha)

Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!  Is there anyone who is a grateful servant?  Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour,  let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour,  let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived after the sixth hour,  let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss. And if any delayed until the ninth hour, let him not hesitate; but let him come too. And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,  let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.

For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,  as well as to him that toiled from the first. To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows. He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor. The deed He honors and the intention He commends.

Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!  First and last alike receive your reward;  rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!

You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,  rejoice today for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;  for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.

He destroyed Hades when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he said, "You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."

Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with. It was in an uproar because it is mocked. It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed. It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated. It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive. Hell took a body, and discovered God.  It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated! Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down! Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and life is liberated! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!

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Date: 2008-04-27 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelclaire.livejournal.com
Happy Pascha! Congratulations on your reception into the Orthodox Church!

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Date: 2008-04-27 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aftondays.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2008-04-27 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roadtaken.livejournal.com
Congratulations! Yay, you made it. :)

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Date: 2008-04-27 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparroweyes.livejournal.com
He is risen, indeed!

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Date: 2008-04-27 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelcapezza.livejournal.com
Always enjoyed that homily every year growing up...

Rick

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Date: 2008-04-27 08:43 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2008-04-27 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borboletalanna.livejournal.com
Amen.
Congratulations on joining the church!

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Date: 2008-04-27 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachelcapezza.livejournal.com
Blessed Pascha, and congratulations. Did you get any pictures of your baptisms?

We went to the Paschal Vigil at the Greek Orthodox church here in town. I loved the part where the priest pounded on the door and said, "Let the King of Glory in," repeatedly. It was awesome! :)

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Date: 2008-04-27 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aftondays.livejournal.com
Thanks! I loved that part, too.

We got lots of pictures. I'll be posting them soon (working on editing as I type :)).

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Date: 2008-04-27 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exlibris-sarah.livejournal.com
He is risen, indeed! Blessed Pascha to you and all sorts of warm congratulations to you on your reception into the Church. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

It was nice of Sophia to hang in there until after all the events of the weekend. :)

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Date: 2008-04-28 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eattheolives.livejournal.com
Congratulations! :)

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Date: 2008-04-28 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowannrose.livejournal.com
He is risen, indeed! Blessings and congratulations... greatly looking forward to pictures. :)

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Date: 2010-12-24 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] midnightbright.livejournal.com
Hello, are you still actively writing because I would love to have your Orthodox influence on my friends page. It's so nice to have found these beautiful words here.